Subfonds - Delphine Rose Alexander (nee Fletcher)

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Delphine Rose Alexander (nee Fletcher)

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1 cm of textual records

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Delphine Rose Alexander (nee Fletcher) was born February 2, 1896, in Kaslo, B.C. She was educated here and in Marysville, B.C., later attending a Catholic girls' school in Pincher Creek, Alberta. In 1913 Delphine entered nursing school at the Kootenay Lake General Hospital in Nelson, B.C. She graduated with a diploma in nursing in 1916 after completing the three year program.

On May 16, 1917 Delphine joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps in Victoria, B.C. After serving for a short time in Canada, she went overseas, serving as a nursing sister in England and France. While she was serving at the No. 1 Canadian Hospital in Etaples, France, the hospital was bombed by German forces four times on May 19, 1918, killing three nursing sisters, and many patients and orderlies.

Following her discharge from service on July 18, 1919 in Montreal, Quebec, she returned to British Columbia where she took a course in surgery at Vancouver General Hospital, receiving her RN January 13, 1920. After working in BC for a few months, she moved to Oregon State, and then to Los Angeles, where she worked for several years. It was during this time that she married S.T. Alexander, a Canadian soldier whom she had nursed in a field hospital in France in 1918. When the Alexanders moved to Kimberly, B.C. in 1926, she stopped nursing. She died in Victoria, B.C. on September 10, 1980.

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The subfonds consists of a centimetre of material relating to the nursing career of Delphine Rose Alexander. Most of it concerns her service in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in World War I, although some later information is available. It includes photocopies of forms and photographs relating to Delphine's service in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI, including a group of fifteen photocopied photographs depicting the aftermath of four German air raids on the No. 1 Canadian hospital in Etaples, France on May 18, 1918. Biographical information has been supplied by her son.

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Records were acquired by B.C. History of Nursing Society from Alexander’s son, Ian McLean Alexander, May 2002.


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